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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:16 AM

John Lithgow on Trump. (and he gets it)...

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/opinion/john-lithgow-trump.html

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Entertainment and politics have become bizarrely intertwined. Perhaps it’s time for a working entertainer to weigh in.

I call Donald Trump an “entertainer president” advisedly since he has proved himself to be such an inept public servant. Over the years, he has thrust himself into the public eye with the flamboyant histrionics of a latter-day P.T. Barnum. Part of this is the amoral tradecraft of a New York real estate developer, but a lot of it springs from the appetites of a voracious attention-getter.
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Mind you, a flair for entertainment is not a bad thing in a leader. We can quote verbatim from performances on the world stage by Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Eloquence and wit like theirs have helped rally nations, defeat poverty and win wars. It took Ronald Reagan, an actual actor president, to put the perfect timing and emphasis on the simple sentence, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

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As bad a president as Mr. Trump has been, he’s an even worse entertainer. He reads scripted lines like a panic-stricken schoolboy at a middle school assembly. He mangles every attempt at irony, self-mockery or, God forbid, an actual joke. He cravenly fills the hall for every rally with a hopped-up claque drawn from his hard-core base. And he can be grotesquely inappropriate at his public appearances, as when he babbled inanely about crowd size and margins of victory on recent condolence visits to Ohio and Texas after mass shootings in those states.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:19 AM

1. Too bad the rest is behind fire wall.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:23 AM

2. That's why I subscribe-- I read 10 other interesting articles this morning.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:13 AM

3. As a former journalist...

Thanks for that. So many assume it’s ok to charge for paper newspapers but digital should be free. I didn’t work for free, the folks at the Times aren’t donating their time and talent either.

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Response to Blue_playwright (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 11:49 AM

4. You're so right. I recall that there was someone on DU that commented that articles ...

should be free...they got lambasted and ridiculed as they should. Things do cost money, and people do need to make a living.

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